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5 November 2021

Westminster City School students have taken part in an inspirational creative arts project that addresses the mental health needs of black youths.

For several months, a group of our now Year 10 students have been working with acclaimed artist Kay Rufai on his S.M.I.L.E-ing Boy Project. This research-led creative arts initiative challenged negatives stereotypes of black boys in the media and in society, as well as supporting mental health by empowering participants to share their emotions through photography and writing.

The project was finalised before half-term, with a celebration evening and interactive exhibition, curated and produced by Kay Rufai and featuring our students, at London’s OXO Gallery.

Kay Rufai is a poet, photographer, motivational speaker, youth worker and creative expressionist who explores issues such as mental health and masculinity through art and educational workshops. He described working with Westminster City School students on this project as a “great pleasure”.

Kay Rufai’s work has been critically acclaimed, as well as featuring in The Guardian, Channel 5 News, the BBC and more. Westminster City School look forward to working with him further in the future.

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